A man claims he was hospitalised after being bit on the finger by a rat while riding the New York subway.

The unknown and unlucky passenger was at a 14th Street station in Manhattan when the rodent allegedly launched its attack, according to Daily Mail.

The man felt a pain on his pinky finger, only to realise it had been nibbled on by the pesky pest, the New York Post reports.

Distraught, the subway-rider then raced to find the nearest station agent.

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When he found one, he allegedly said: "A mouse bite me. I need hospital."

The incident perhaps could have been predicted, given the number of rat-related incidents on the subway in recent times.

In October last year a rodent was seen risking life and limb all for a pretzel, dragging the huge snack around while dodging trains.

And there was the infamous "pizza rat" just a month earlier in September 2015, which was seen doggedly making its way down a flight of stairs while chomping down on a slice.

There have been a number of food-related incidents involving rats on the subway in recent years - most famously, the
There have been a number of food-related incidents involving rats on the subway in recent years - most famously, the "Pizza Rat" of 2015. Photo/YouTube

There has also seemingly been an increase in brazen behaviour by the pests both on the platform and aboard, with one passenger even having a rat climb up his leg last March.

The man, who was sleeping at the time, received the shock of his life when he awoke to find the bold rodent had climbed all the way up to his neck.

Perhaps, considering the alleged incident on Saturday, the unnamed man can count himself lucky his neck wasn't nibbled on.

DailyMail.com contacted the MTA for comment.